Desirable Body

byHubert HaddadTranslated byAlyson Waters

August 21, 2018|
Desirable Body by Hubert Haddad
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A medical mystery/fantasy/love story that delves deeply into the nature of consciousness while raising many of the ethical and existential issues facing scientists today

A contemporary Frankenstein that defies expectations, this is a thrilling novel, couched in luminous, captivating prose about a journalist, Cédric Allyn-Weberson, who suffers a horrific accident, paralyzing him from the neck down. An ideal candidate for a body transplant, Cédric survives the surgery but has both physical and existential trouble with his recovery and adaptation: encountering his lover with a new body, discovering the life history of his donor, and attempting to understand the mind-body relationship as he lives it.

Haddad explores the confusion and insignificance of a single consciousness before experience and identity: What is a head without a body? What or who is a lover with another’s body? The gruesome transplant (detailed in a manner that highlights the author’s own diligent research and comprehension) parallels other ways humanity mutates nature globally; the novel is a provocative and timely allegory—a work of dystopian fantasy.
Hubert Haddad is a French author born in Tunisia—a novelist, an art historian, a playwright, and an essayist. Alyson Waters is an award-winning translator, the managing editor of Yale French Studies, and a senior lecturer in the department of French at Yale University.
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Title:Desirable Body
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:232 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.56 in
Shipping dimensions:232 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.56 in
Published:August 21, 2018
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300224368

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